Poll: Pig tax popular

Poll: Pig tax popular

Would you pay higher taxes to rid your town of marauding wild pigs?

That’s the question University of Haifa researchers posed to Haifa residents recently, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

The survey followed a spike in the wild boar population, prompted in part by covid restrictions that kept people off the streets.

The study found the average Haifanik would pay $65 a year in extra taxes to let the city beat back the boars through such means as improving street sanitation and setting up a volunteer anti-pig patrol.

There was a clear demographic breakdown in the response, with richer residents, who are more likely to live in areas not prone to porcine incursions, less willing to support a tax increase.

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